Marble Championships Draw Rollers

Second-graders Jillian Lawler and Aristin Elder compete to see who goes first in the marble-shooting competition. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Second-graders Jillian Lawler and Aristin Elder compete to see who goes first in the marble-shooting competition. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Sheridan fourth-grader James Holst is this year's Sheridan City Marble Champion.

The third annual games were played Saturday at Thorne-Rider Park. Second place in the day-long event went to fifth-grader Kade Bickell, and third was third-grader Damian Roberts.

The games are the brainchild of Sheridan resident John Owings, who said marbles were a big deal when he was a boy. He has revived the city-wide marble championships that were played here in the 1950s and '60s.

The games are for children in grades one through five. Action started Saturday morning with games for each individual grade level, then winners in their grades competed against each other for the city championship. Owings said this year's game, which lasted until nearly 5 o'clock, went into double eliminations. Twenty-five children competed. Other grade winners were Teddy Roberts, first grade, and
Aristin Elder, in second grade.

Each grade-level winner received a marble-shooter – called an agate – and plaques were awarded for first, second and third place in the city championship. Perkins restaurant donated cookies for the event.

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